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Who We Are

Smart Safe Science Inc. (3S) is a team of Canadian engineers, designers, and manufacturers headquartered in Bracebridge, Ontario. 3S is partnered with leading Canadian universities and research institutes to bring new and innovative wearable safety products to life in Canada.

Smart Safe Science has quickly grown from True North Printed Plastics Inc. True North is a manufacturer of custom printed and molded plastics, membrane switches and electronics with 35 years of experience supplying industry in Ontario, across Canada, and throughout the world with high quality, made in Canada product solutions.

As COVID-19 began to impact our local community, True North quickly pivoted production to produce face-shields, providing vital personal protective equipment to front-line workers. The company’s design team was able to use materials on hand, and high output laser cutters to produce face-shields and deliver to front-line workers in need. As demand grew, dies were purchased so that shields could be produced faster and more efficiently. From the start, as shields were purchased in orders large and small, the company was also donating them at no or low cost to those who could not afford the protective equipment they needed in order to keep themselves safe.

Team Members

Dan Jensen
Chief Financial Officer

Versatile in both finance & business execution Dan is a commercially strong executive with agile leadership skills. Educated in Business Administration, Management training and Advanced Leadership Skills he has over 20 years experience as director of finance, director of business, development and acquisition working with such companies as LM Wind Power Group – Denmark, Svendborg Brake and Semco Maritime.

Frank Pietrobono
Director of Sales & Marketing

Frank is a 25-year veteran of sales and business development spending most of his time with the Electronic Security industry. He has extensive experience with manufacturing, SAAS Sales, Operations, Strategic Planning and Customer Services. His business development, sales and channel management experience has allowed him to work with many large organizations in the North American markets including Tyco International, AlarmForce, RSPNDR Inc., and The Automated Group.

Andy Buston
Director of Procurement

Having started with IBM in 1974, Andy worked his way through the company, starting first as an expeditor to eventually becoming the staff buyer. Responsibilities included directing departments in procurement while establishing and presenting a new buyers education program for all new employees. He supervised the expansion of new plants into 13 countries, developed a consolidated approach to capital equipment procurement and negotiated global capital equipment and supply contracts worth more than $100 million in annual purchases.

Jake Thomas – BA, CCE
Director of Corporate Communications

Jake has been a dynamic member of Canada’s film & television community for over 25 years producing content for channels such as HGTV, OLN, RadX, Cottage Life, Food Network, and Global television. Over the years he has worked in virtually every aspect of the production business from radio, to film which has afforded him a thorough understanding of the various forms of media and how the integrate to the final product. 

As digital and online media continues to evolve, Jake continues to produce, develop and deploy a variety of content and campaigns across digital television, web and social media platforms.

Andrew Struthers
Director of Operations

A graduate of Computer Science from Guelph University, Andrew brings a wealth of manufacturing experience to the Board. Andrew started with True North in 1996 working through every position in the company. He has considerable design and integration talents. This reflects in the many creative interface projects that Andrew manages for True North. In 2017 Andrew launched Ontario Manufacturing and Design to develop innovative technology for the International marketplace. He maintains a high profile client base in Canada. Andrew is the Town Councillor for MacCauley Ward, Town of Bracebridge. In his spare time, he is a road cyclist and has fundraisers for the Canadian Cancer Society through participation in the annual ride to conquer cancer.

Rick Struthers BA
Chief Technology Officer

Rick graduated in 1979 from York University from the prestigious Education Program. The market place was saturated with teachers so Rick launched a career with W.H. Brady in customer service. In 1981 he joined Canada Decal sales staff enjoying significant sales success. Canada Decal closed in 1983. Rick spent the next 2 years at Craft Originators as a
highly successful representative. In 1985, Rick and Andrew Gough opened True North Printed Plastics to focus on the development and Manufacture of electronic interfaces. The company has prospered in the marketplace and is reknown for the invention of the Blackberry keypad. In 2010 True North migrated to Bracebridge Ontario building their first factory of the future. Richard enjoys working with his team and product development. Rick married Mary Jean in 1974. He is a proud grandparent to Zack and Amelia.

53 E.P. Lee Drive, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada P1L0A1